Cricket: Seb’s on way to being a Sussex starlet

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SEB FECHER is jubilant after being selected for Sussex’s under-ten cricket squad.

He started playing cricket at an early age, mainly as a target for his cricket-mad older brother Dom, who himself has been selected this year for the county’s under-13 Western Warriors.

Fecher is a member of Stirlands Cricket club at Birdham and first played for the under-12 team aged just seven. He batted against some of the under-ten county squad’s fast bowlers and survived!

Aged eight he became the leading wicket-taker in the Stirlands under-12 squad and won the much-coveted bowler-of-the-year prize.

Last September he was put forward by his club for selection into the Western Warriors Sussex county area squad. He was one of 20 local players to be selected for development training last autumn.

From these sessions the Sussex selectors invited him to go for the full under-ten county trials along with 25 other boys from across East and West Sussex and he attended three selection afternoons in January at the Sussex CCC HQ in Hove. Dad Nick said: “He was lucky enough to be selected as one of the final 16 to be in the playing squad for 2012. He is delighted to have been chosen.

“Without the dedicated coaching he has received from his coaches at his club Stirlands and at his school, Westbourne House, he couldn’t have got this far.”

Stirlands are keen to recruit new players for their under-12 team for 2012. Anyone interested should call Dan Oliver on 07920 887093.

Fecher is not the only West Sussex prospect called up by Sussex CCC. They have announced their junior squads for all ages and West Sussex is well-represented.

Under-tens’ west players: Seb Fecher, Ben Hawkes, Michael Kirby Bott.

Under-11s: John Norman.

Under-12s: Josh Wood, Nick Smith.

Under-13s: Nick Oxley, Jacob Temple.

Under-14s: Jay Hartard, Ryan Maskell, Jamie Piper.

Under-15s: Beck Hemingway, Dominic Keats, Mason Crane, Harry Isted.